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Legal Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0
For teaching in Australian and SACE International schools from January 2023 to December 2023.
For teaching in SACE International schools only from May/June 2023 to March 2024 and from May/June 2024 to March 2025. Accredited in June 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021.
Accredited in June 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 1: Folio

Assessment Type 1: Folio (40%)

Students undertake four assessments for the folio. At least one folio assessment must be conducted under direct supervision. A minimum of one task must correspond to the option study of choice.

Every task should be designed so that students can demonstrate their conceptual and contextual learning. Students must have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate in each assessment.

The program of assessments should include different forms, for example:

  • debates
  • essays
  • reports
  • media analysis exercises
  • multimodal presentations
  • oral presentations
  • short-answer questions
  • short responses to stimuli
  • responses to case studies 
  • simplified mock trials
  • forum discussion
  • response to sources 
  • tests.

Assessment conditions such as word limits, time limits, and presentation length should be clearly communicated to students. Each task does not need to have the same word limit or time limit. However, the combined folio assessments should be a maximum of 4000 words if written, or the equivalent of 24 minutes in oral or multimodal form. 

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning primarily in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • understanding and application
  • analysis and evaluation
  • communication.